VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Dunks On Kevin Garnett In 2003 Playoffs

VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Dunks On Kevin Garnett In 2003 Playoffs


The Lakers had won three championships in a row and had done so in convincing fashion. The Lakers had an opportunity to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive title, something that has only been done by the Boston Celtics when they won 8 straight Larry O’Brien trophies.

In the opening round of the 2003 playoffs, the Lakers would take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The T-Wolves were the second seed in the Western Conference and had the home court advantage. The series was tied at two games a piece and the pivotal game five was at the Target Center. Kobe Bryant scored 16 of his 32 points in the third quarter and the Lakers would end up winning 120-90 to take a 3-2 series lead.

The Lakers were up by 10 at the end of the first half, but then Bryant took over the third and the game was out of reach by the time the fourth quarter began. Midway through the third, Bryant set the tone by going baseline on Kevin Garnett and taking off from one side of the key and finishing on the other with a one handed reverse dunk. Bryant used the rim to shield him from Garnett and Rasho Nesterovic, which allowed him to finish with the emphatic dunk. Kobe would give the Lakers a 73-55 lead and it was just too much for the Timberwolves to overcome.

The Lakers would end up winning the series 4-2, but would end up losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals.
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  • sads

    and that is how he get paid so good!!

    • Raffaele D’Abrusco

      Dunks don’t get championships, though.

      • Buffalo Bob

        you do realize kobe has 5 championships right? haha I know what you’re saying but still haha

        • Raffaele D’Abrusco

          I’m saying that dunks did not earned Kobe his rings. His talents, focus and unrelenting drive earned Mr Bryant his championships. Do you understand?

          • Some Guy

            thanks for that buzzkillington. why can’t you just appreciate a great dunk! were not talking about the dude and his legacy, just appreciating a moment in time that he slammed it home over KG. Do YOU understand?

          • Sublogic


  • Fact Police

    Minnesota was the 4th seed that year, get your facts straight Alex Torres

  • WestCoastShopz

    Things must be really bad in LaLa land if they’re showing out-of-the blue highlights from 2003. Good times I guess?